Surface Area:22 square kilometres
What the natives are called: Tapienses or Entricheros
Outstanding Sights: Chapel of Virgen de Gracia, Church of San Pedro Apóstol, Posada de San Bárbara, Fountain of Allalantes, Washing Place of San Antonio
Geographical Location: in the north-eastern part of the Antequera region. It is one of the places that make up the sub-region called Nororma (acronym in Spanish for Northeast Málaga). The village is 660 metres above sea level and is 67 kilometres from Málaga. Average precipitation in the area is 750 litres per square metre and the average annual temperature is 16º C.
The municipality of Villanueva de Tapia is on the eastern edge of the Antequera region, on the border of the provinces of Granada and Córdoba. Its topography is barely disturbed by a few hills that introduce a certain variety to the landscape. Only in the southern part, with the El Pedroso mountains (1,025 metres) in the background, does the terrain attempt to turn rugged but is not entirely successful because, after all, these notable heights are harmoniously incorporated into the cheerful surrounding landscape.
In the mountain district the plant cover is made up of pines and low brush and there are even a few old live oaks, remnants of the vanished greenery of long ago. Most of these lands, however, are devoted to olive groves and grain fields. The latter crop is especially abundant on the fields closest to the province of Córdoba.
Ruins of Roman and Arabic construction show that both civilisations were established in this municipality but those widely scattered archaeological sites do not provide enough information to form even a minimal time line for the history of Villanueva de Tapia. Its first documents appear in the sixteenth century and refer to some lawsuits between the localities of Iznájar (Córdoba) and Archidona. Surely taking advantage of the confusion arising from the distributions made after the Christian conquest, both were claiming the territory of present-day Villanueva de Tapia.
The situation of being pushed and tugged between one municipality and the other soon gave rise to the name El Entredicho ("In Question") being used to refer to the area that generated this conflict of interests between Archidona and Iznájar. This term appears in a sixteenth-century document that is preserved in the Municipal Archives of Iznájar. As it seemed that the dispute was never going to end the Royal Treasury had to intervene, and its counsellors ruled on 20 June 1602 that El Entredicho would become part of the Patrimonio Real (Crown Property).
The Crown’s lack of liquidity led to Felipe III’s decision to sell at least a part of its less productive lands, and among those unproductive lands was El Entredicho. The property was bought by a member of the Supreme Council of Castile, Pedro de Tapia, under whose patronage the village now known as Villanueva de Tapia began to take shape in the seventeenth century.
From any lace on the Costa del Sol, go to Málaga via the Mediterranean Expressway (A-7; N-340). In the provincial capital, take the route for Antequera-Granada-Seville-Córdoba by way of the A-45 (N-331) expressway. Just before arriving at Puerto de Las Pedrizas get into the right lane in order to continue towards Granada via the A-359 (the signs are very clear). When you get to the multiple intersection at Estación de Salinas get onto the A-333, which leads straight to Villanueva de Tapia.
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